Aston Villa vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
Sky Bet Championship
17:30 – Saturday 3rd February 2018
Villa Park, Birmingham
Wolverhampton Wanderers are the visitors to Villa Park as Steve Bruce’s men gear up for arguably their toughest test of the season to date in the live Sky Sports fixture.
Villa are in decent form at the minute having lost one and drawn one in their last eleven Championship fixtures but they will be under no illusions that they will have to up their performance levels from when they beat a bottom of the league Sunderland on Tuesday night.
Wanderers returned to winning ways in mid-week with a 3-0 win away to Leeds. The table toppers had hit a little bit of blip before hand only winning one in four Championship games in February. They will be hoping for better fortunes in March and will be up for the game against their Midlands rivals.
Villa are third in the Championship while Wanderers top the division as they have most of the season with Cardiff sandwiched in between the two.
Bruce will be without Glenn Whelan (calf), Alan Hutton (hamstring) and Axel Tuanzebe (hamstring) for the game against Wanderers.
Meanwhile, Jonathan Kodjia will return to full training on Monday but Bruce has no plans to rush the Ivorian back after he was ruled out long term in October last year. The Villa manager has said he is doubtful that the striker will feature again this season but did say anything is possible.
Wanderers will be happy to see £15million record signing Ruben Neves return after missing the last two games with suspension after collecting 10 yellow cards this season.
Bright Enobakhare is a doubt but it is unclear what is keeping the youngster out of action.
- Wanderers have beaten Villa in three of their last six meetings. As many as they had won in their previous 32 meetings.
- Villa has lost just one of their last 12 home meetings with Wolves in all competitions (W8, D3, L1).
- Bruce has never lost a home league fixture to Wolves (W3, D4).
- The two players to score in the most games without losing are Diogo Jota (11) and Albert Adomah (10).
There are still tickets available with around 38,000 expected at Villa Park this evening. Wolves have sold their full allocation.
Adults tickets are available from £20, Under 16’s from £5. Purchase tickets here.
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